Vibist-drummer-bandleader Lionel Hampton may indeed be "a living legend," as his tour manager says, but that doesn't change the way the 17 members of his band feel about touring Japan for less than American Federation of Musicians minimums. David Sheldon, a spokesman for Local 802 of the federation, said the 80-year-old Hampton is paying his band members $85 to $100 per performance (with no benefits). Instead, he said, they should be getting guild minimums of $510 a week, plus $55 a day living expenses, plus pension and benefits. But tour manager Bill Titone replied: "If they are going to start giving (Hampton) a rough time at this stage of the game . . . he says he'll get out of music. He'll do his own thing."
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